F1's Alonso a step away from 'Triple Crown of Motorsport'
F1's Alonso a step away from 'Triple Crown of Motorsport'
19 May, 2017, 17:24
"So that's the biggest change we can feel inside McLaren, that Zak will not only concentrate in Formula One, will concentrate in McLaren as a race team in different series and the most important thing is obviously to sell cars". In his initial few practice sessions, the Spaniard was focusing on race setups and learning to master running in traffic but now he intends to spend more time running in clear air, ahead of qualifying on Saturday and Sunday.
While F1 remains his priority, asked if he will be back at the 500 in the future until he's won it, Alonso replies: "Yeah, probably". Fernando Alonso has just completed a number of runs in his McLaren-Andretti Honda and jumps out to have a debrief with his engineers.
Alonso already has the Monaco GP win in bag, and is looking to add Indy before Le Mans down the line.
But early signs from the United States aren't exactly what Alonso fans will want to see.
OS: Of course, I think I'm going to have the best opportunity I have ever had to win.
"It's incredible for us to have a driver of his stature, still actively racing in Formula One and missing their crown jewel event to come race ours, in some ways justifies what we all say about how much the Indy 500 means to the racing world, and it certainly attracts a whole new audience". Drivers all over the world know this. So I think that with time it will get a little bit more relaxed, and people will get a little bit more used to seeing me here, as if you are a normal racer here.
Fernando Alonso has left Barcelona after his frustrating Spanish Grand Prix to fly to Indianapolis, where he will begin preparations for his debut in the Indy 500.
Thanks to the simulator testing, I felt like I knew my auto before I got in it last week at Indy. And then you hope to learn by whatever caused the failure which I don't know yet.
"It's hard to miss the Monaco Grand Prix, but the tradition at Indy is tremendous as well". I keep hearing about it from everyone I speak with. I can't wait for May 28. "Especially if he comes out here and runs well, I think that will make a lot of drivers evaluate or investigate trying to get into the auto for the 500 [in future]".
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